The World's Most Unsung Hero: Hans Ruesch
Written by Douglas Leith
Created Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Hans Ruesch, the father of the modern anti-vivisection (anti animal experimentation) movement died on Monday, September 3rd, 2007 at age 94. If we measure a persons greatness by the extent to which they expose and seek to eliminate suffering and are prepared to dedicate themselves to this end despite persecution, then Hans Ruesch was the most important person in the world today.
A book called Ideas that Changed the World list him along with Einstein and Gandhi as inclusions from the 20th century (all vegetarians/vegans). The Guiness Book of Records listed him as the most litigated person in the world. These two facts speak volumes about him and the world we live in today.
A genuine anti-vivisectionist he forced a referendum on the elimination of vivisection in Switzerland, the country which had and still may have the highest number of animal experiments per capita due to pharmaceutical companies. He was also instrumental in helping Italian parliament to vote for the elimination of vivisection and brought this about in South Tirol. No-one has ever come closer to exposing and eliminating this, the most despicable crime ever committed. His ideas should have changed the world and would have if his books and words were not so successfully suppressed. If we do not hear them then there is little hope. Please buy his books, read them and for the sake of laboratory animals, spread the truth far and wide. Go to www.dlrm.org and other sites.
What a life Hans had! Grand Prix winner, best selling novelist (selling millions of books, some made into Hollywood films) and most importantly by far, the most successful anti-vivisectionist of all time.
Here is something I wrote in 2004: In June last year I had the honour of meeting a man who is truly the founder of scientific anti-vivisectionism and the most effective anti-vivisectionist in the world, Hans Ruesch. I admit that I was unaware that he was still alive until shortly before then. I was travelling in Europe and so decided that I would go through Lugano in Switzerland for the purposes of meeting the man who is a hero to me and would be to anyone who knows the truth about vivisection and his tireless efforts to expose and stop it. When I arrived at his address I found that he lived in a flat, his significant wealth taken by having to defend constant foundless litigation. I did not know which was his and was lucky that just then a man walked up and said in English, "I'm here to see Mr Ruesch, who are you here to see?" I met an 89 year old man, very modest and not requiring my compliments and still writing an entire book in four languages without help despite ill health and constant persecution which caused him to leave his country for years.
In 1985 Ruesch was a key figure in the Swiss Referendum Against Vivisection, when on December 18 of that year a third of the Swiss population voted in favour of abolition. In October 1987 he helped launch the first ever International League of Doctors Against Vivisection of which he was made Honourary President. The world's most sought after exponent of abolition, Ruesch undertakes a gruelling lecture circuit, debates with adversaries at symposia, addresses internatioinal congresses and is a well known figure on European and American radio and television. He is the draw card which leads marches and addresses rallies, always dispensing the facts as they are. Many organisations worldwide have been formed to support Hans Ruesch, whose name, and rightly so, since we and future generations are in his debt, is already carved in history. Hans Ruesch, the father of the modern anti-vivisection movement died on Monday, September 3rd, 2007 at age 94.
So we have some very powerful enemies. We can defeat them by expressing the truth about vivisection. To do this firstly we must inform ourselves and the works of Hans Ruesch are essential reading for anyone who is opposed to what Mahatma Gandhi called "the blackest of all of the black crimes ever committed against God and his fair creation." Do not let the vivisectors succeed in stopping the truth from being heard as they have done by stopping his books. These books are more empowering than disturbing. If you have ever had no answer when someone has said "What would you rather kill, a baby or a rat?" then you must read these books before they are completely suppressed.
Milan, 10 December, 2002
Dear Mr Douglas Leith,
Your letter of Oct 14th reached me only a few days ago because I've had to leave my Swiss address about 3 years ago because of constant persecution by the courts. I regret not having heard from you earlier, otherwise you would be on my mailing list and you would have received all my Foundation Reports of which I am enclosing the last one. I don't know if I'll ever find the time and the strength to do still another report in English, as I am also writing and publishing Reports in my other three languages and I am very much at the end of my rainbow.
Your letter moved me particularly although I receive many of the kind. I'll soon be turning 90 and feel very much at the end of my strength. I know there are a great many people who feel as we do.
Yours, Hans Ruesch
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